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If that’s the way it has to be, I’d rather quit riding and being around horses altogether…

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in All, Handling, Thoughts | Comments Off on If that’s the way it has to be, I’d rather quit riding and being around horses altogether…

If that’s the way it has to be, I’d rather quit riding and being around horses altogether…

During my travels giving seminars I often see how horses are handled, trained and kept at other stables. What I get to see there really does vary.

At some stables you can sense such a feel-good atmosphere; people and horses exude calmness and contentment, handling is respectful and caring, riding and training of the horses is a pleasure to look at. For me it is pure joy to give seminars at such stables and my horse world is just hunky-dory. Unfortunately this is far from always the case. Often I have to see things which do not fit into my picture of good horse handling, training and keeping. I have to admit that I am often shocked to my very core about what I see!

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One should not be fainthearted…

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in All, Commitment to Protecting Horses | 0 comments

One should not be fainthearted…

There are themes which we have not written about yet.  Ugly, uncomfortable themes that no one wants to touch.

For example, how much violence horses face daily in“normal” situations and how much they face when earning money or winning prizes are at stake.  Or about how unsuitably many horses are kept, how badly fed they are and how much suffering ignorance or misinformation causes them.  (more…)

Good Horse, Bad Horse?

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in All, Handling, Thoughts | 0 comments

Good Horse, Bad Horse?

Here at “You and Your Horse” we repeatedly try to illuminate the horse’s point of view, because we believe that just about all problems with horses have us people at the root of them.  Someone once said to me that it is counter-productive to pretend that horses can only be good.  That this is to idealise horses and not to judge them realistically.  That horses are often far from “good”, that they can, for example, be really mean to each other and to people too.  This is said so as to justify total measures of control over horses (everything from silly dominating behaviour right through to serious violence…)

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Handling difficult horses

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in All, Handling | Comments Off on Handling difficult horses

Handling difficult horses

Unfortunately many horses have had bad experiences with us humans. Such horses are often difficult to handle, insecure and disobedient. “Normal” horse people are often unable to cope with such horses and everyday life soon becomes stressful and dangerous situations for man and horse are likely to occur. Often such horses are sold again and the bad experiences add up until it is sometimes too late as the horse has made up his mind that there is nothing good to be expected from humans…

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The Cavesson – Part 3

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in All, Lungeing | Comments Off on The Cavesson – Part 3

The Cavesson – Part 3

In the first part of this series I introduced you to the sort of cavesson which I use for lungeing (see too the Lungeing Course). This type of cavesson offers what I need for my work: a reliable and precise, but also pain free aid with which I can achieve correct positioning of the poll.

The heavy fixed cavesson is something to which many horses are unaccustomed at first. It is therefore important to take enough time to get the horse used to it. (more…)

The Cavesson – Part 2

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in All, Lungeing | Comments Off on The Cavesson – Part 2

The Cavesson – Part 2

In my previous blog I introduced you to the rather heavy sort of cavesson that I use for lungeing myself.

Today I’ll introduce you to some lighter models that I use for various purposes but do not use for lungeing according to the Lungeing Course. (more…)

Horses do need horses

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in All, Keeping | 0 comments

Horses do need horses

As an owner of a horse we tend to think that we are the horse’s family – but that is the one task we definitely cannot fulfill! Only horses can be a real family for a horse. Horses need horses to be happy and to fulfill their naturals needs.

The Cavesson – Part 1

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in All, Lungeing | Comments Off on The Cavesson – Part 1

The Cavesson – Part 1

Because our lungeing course is based on lungeing using a cavesson, top of the list of the questions I am most often asked is “Which cavesson should I buy?” My counter question is always: “What sort of work do you want to do with it?” There are many different sorts of cavessons available. I choose the cavesson which is most suited to the particular work that I want to do with it.

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Our Lungeing Course

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in All, Lungeing | 0 comments

Our Lungeing Course

So that your horse can carry weight without damaging effects to its body in the long term, it needs to learn to round up its back, raise its shoulder and take up weight with its hindquarters. This is exactly what you can teach it on the lunge! If you would like to teach your horse how to move in a healthy and good way, you might want to take a look at our self-teaching A Course in Lungeing.

In a Horse’s Life…

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in All, Handling, Thoughts | 0 comments

In a Horse’s Life…

What do we want to be in a horse’s life?

Many people dream of becoming a real friend to their horse, a loved person, a trusted partner. But actually as many of us do force horses to do things they do not want or do not understand, punish them if they do not obey us and much to often do not recognize or appreciate what our horses need oder want. So, to be honest, sometimes we are rather the worst part in a day of a horse’s life …

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